- 20 June 2013 | Surfing
Surfing stamps are rare and unique. In fact, the postage stamp may only be a piece of paper with gum adhesive on the reverse side, but collectors know how to value it. And surfers too.
Stamps were only introduced in societies, back in 1840. The first postage stamp was put on sale in the UK, with the young Queen Victoria on the face.
Stamps tell stories and can easily communicate trends, ideas, propaganda and dreams. When surfing gets "stamped", something has happened or, eventually, something will happen. A summer vacation in Waikiki or a the next Olympic Games.
There is, truly, an history of surfing stamps. Collectors have been buying and selling them. Philately is an hobby, but also a profitable business.
Surfing stamps usually communicate dreams and a fantastic lifestyle. Stamp designers have many ways of communicating the values of surfing. Interestingly, windsurfing stamps are more common than surfing stamps.
The reason why windsurfing philately is more popular than surfing postage stamps is because board sailing has been upgraded to Olympic class, in the 1984 Summer Games, in Los Angeles.
Nevertheless, there are beautiful art works with surfers. From the commemorative stamps which celebrate Surfing Australia's 50th Anniversary to the naive surf stamps from Belarus, it's all a matter of personal choice. Surfing in Lybia, too? Of course. Pick your favorite: